Cellulosic ethanol, a form of non-food based fuel produced from sources such as algae, wood chips, and corn stover, is not a likely topic of dinner table discussion. But as taxpayers, whether we were aware of it or not, we have been involved in attempts to produce it for many years.
Why? The Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Debbie StabenowSenate Democrat Average0% is convinced it’s a central part of becoming energy independent and lowering our gas prices at the pump.
If you want to argue it’s the private sector, not government, that creates jobs, look no further than the energy sector of the U.S. economy. Energy production on private and state-owned lands puts energy production on federal lands to shame. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted CruzSenate Republican Average98%
knows this. That’s why he introduced the American Energy Renaissance Act, which would allow the booming energy sector in America to “shine even brighter” by removing government barriers to success.
The Heritage Foundation’s Nick Loris explains:
If you’re having trouble locating the massive gains in energy supplies, job growth, and economic well-being, just look to our nation’s private and state-owned lands. States like North Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, and others have thrived whereas, on land the federal government owns (half of the West and one-third of the entire U.S.), production has stagnated or decreased.
Earlier this month, we shared concerning details
about Rhea Suh, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for the Department of Interior. Interestingly, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary LandrieuSenate Democrat Average2%
supports Suh despite clear indications that she would threaten energy related jobs, especially in Landrieu’s state of Louisiana:
While two committee hearings on Suh’s nomination have raised significant concerns about her qualifications, Suh’s recorded sentiments are the real concern. For example, prior to her work at Interior, Suh facilitated environmental grants with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and later the David and Lucille Packard Foundation where she opined :
The focus is on natural gas development throughout the inter-mountain West and in Canada. The pace and magnitude of this development is easily the single greatest threat to the ecological integrity of the West.
The Keystone pipeline continues to draw broad support from the American public, according to a new Pew Research Center poll
. Overall, 61 percent of adults support the project. There is more support among Republicans at 84 percent and independents at 61 percent, but even Democrats are divided with 49 percent in favor of the project and only 38 percent opposed.
Interestingly, Democrats with incomes of at least $100,000 are the least likely group to support the pipeline at 36 percent. Those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 are divided, and those with incomes less than $50,000 show greater support.